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Chiropractic RX for Chronic Otitis Media with Effusion

The aim of the proposal is to examine whether chiropractic treatment will reduce the likelihood of the persistence of effusion in children with otitis media with effusion (OME) when compared to usual care.

The innervation of the tensor veli palatini (tvp) muscle is through the motor fibers of the mandibular branch of the trigeminal nerve. These fibers unite to form portions of the superior cervical ganglion located between the C-1 and C-4 nerve roots. Neurological compromise of this muscle by osseous or soft tissue structures may contribute to the malfunction of the tvp muscle causing inadequate patency of the tube resulting in the pathological response of OME. Chiropractic therapy may improve the function of the TVP.

David Eisenberg, MD   This work is in progress under a grant from the Consortial Center for Chiropractic Research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)